Caller: 33-year-old wife calling for her alcoholic husband
Problem: Alcohol addiction
Seeking: Recommended treatment facilities with shorter waiting lists
Reason(s): The caller is a 33-year-old mother of two who is calling for possible treatment options for her husband who she believes has an alcohol addiction. According to her, what started as something to unwind after work or a few glasses of wine for dinner has turned into a full-blown addiction. She stated, “I started noticing that there may be a problem when I found out that he was actually hiding his drinking from me. I never gave him a hard time about drinking and I enjoy a glass of wine or two for dinner, so it struck me as odd that he decided to hide how much he was drinking. He has missed several days of work because he was too hung-over to head to work – that is not something that I am willing to deal with.” She said, “I made it really clear to him, I told him that he would either seek treatment or lose his family. He might not have taken me seriously at first, but once my bags were packed he finally understood I was serious.” Because her husband is willing to enter treatment, she is open to any type of treatment facility that comes recommended, as long as the wait-list is not too long.
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The traditional 12 step approach looks at drug and alcohol addiction as an incurable disease. This disheartens many and makes people feel as though they are at a constant disadvantage when battling addiction. Non-traditional programs treat drug and alcohol addiction as a serious problem that can be fully addressed and resolved through treatment that is based on science and empirical evidence.
The issue with 12 step programs is that they were the first real drug and alcohol addiction treatment offered to the public. Because many realize that addiction is something that they cannot overcome by themselves, popularity boomed quickly. While the research now shows 12 step programs are almost as effective as doing nothing at all, they are still the first name associated with drug addiction by virtue of "being first."
Not all non 12 step programs are the same, which makes it important to find the right program for you or your loved one. It is important to find a long-term, holistic treatment option that treats each patient as an individual.
It is impossible to determine exactly how much non 12 step treatment costs without knowing more specifics about the prospective patient. Some programs charge more than others do. This again highlights the importance of finding a program that not only meets your needs, but is also affordable. Fortunately, many programs work with a sliding pay scale or allow you to pay for treatment in installments.
This depends on the programs and on your insurance. More and more insurance companies are realizing the need for proper alternative drug treatment and extending coverage. This is due to the better results offered by a holistic approach and the financial benefits of most patients not relapsing.